Starbucks closing 5 Seattle stores due to crime issues

The stores will close on July 31, Starbucks said in a statement.

SEATTLE — Starbucks said Monday it will close five “high incident” stores in Seattle and one in Everett will remain closed due to ongoing crime concerns in the area.

A Starbucks spokesman said the company has had talks about safety and customer experience since Howard Schultz returned as CEO. The company questioned store managers about issues they had in community relations before deciding to close the stores permanently, the spokesman said.

“We have been similarly challenged in the City of Seattle to ensure the safety of our customers and employees,” the spokesman said in a statement.

The spokesman said these five Starbucks Seattle locations will close on July 31; the Everett location has been closed since June and will be closing permanently:

  • 23rd and Jackson Avenues
  • Broadway and Olive
  • 505 5th Ave South
  • 400 Pine Street
  • Roosevelt Way and NE 65th Street
  • Airport Way and Hwy 99 (Everett)

Starbucks said two of the closed Seattle stores were unionized.

“In total there are 16 stores facing safety issues,” the spokesman said in response to allegations the company was targeting unionized stores. “We apply the same safety standards in all stores, which is why we are closing both unionized and non-union stores.”

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After the closures are complete, there will still be over 100 Starbucks locations in Seattle and 16 in Everett, according to the spokesman.

Starbucks said it is closing 16 stores across the country, with some locations in Oregon and California also closing.

In June, Schultz floated the idea of ​​reversing his policy to let anyone, including non-customers, use his bathrooms for safety reasons.

“We serve 100 million people at Starbucks and there is a security issue in our stores with people using our stores as public restrooms,” Schultz said. “And we need to provide a safe environment for our people and our customers. The mental health crisis in the country is serious, acute and getting worse.

“We have to secure our stores and offer security to our people. I don’t know if we can keep our toilets open.” Starbucks closing 5 Seattle stores due to crime issues

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